The awful weather of this never-ending winter continued all across New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and into the Rust Belt and Heartland, crippling travel and causing multiple delays to the start of golf season.
Even Shinnecock Hills, site of this year’s U.S. Open, has been affected. Erring on the side of caution (of course) the Club will Open one week later than expected, on Friday April 27. This will give the course extra time to resume normal spring growth before players start putting ball marks in greens and taking divots out of fairways. The clubhouse and Pro Shop will open as scheduled this Friday.
As we will discuss in our U.S. Open previews for both Golf News Net and Golf Course Trades, head superintendent Jon Jennings and his staff have worked tirelessly and carefully with the USGA in getting Shinnecock in pristine order for the Open, including bringing in turf to narrow various fairways and edging the bunkers on seven – the dangerous Reverse Redan that caused so much consternation during the ’04 Open – so that good shots don’t get punished as severely as poor ones. Our first piece (Golf News Net) will be up this week.